Monday, May 10, 2021

Medicare "REAL" facts, costs and what to expect

You are in for some grand surprises regarding Medicare!

Do not "think" once you turn 65 after paying into Medicare your whole life that things will be covered with no additional costs. This is a large disillusionment!  Below is the summary I shared on Facebook.

I will be turning 65 in August. Mandatory is Medicare with a discontinuation of my Market Place insurance. No worries, right? After all, my whole life for every paycheck I have received, I paid into Medicare. WRONG! Medicare plan A can be up to $471.00 per month, and to include Plan B, you are hit with $148.50 per month with no opting out.  Boom, deducted from Social Security payments. Again, not too bad, right? Everything is covered! Nope, wrong again.

 

Lucky for me, I don't have to pay the Plan A premium, but am still stuck with the mandatory Plan B premium.

Plans A & B are very slim in nature as to what they may cover. Summary: When you qualify for Medicare, it's usually Medicare Part A and Part B that you're first enrolled in. ... Medicare Part A generally helps pay your costs as a hospital inpatient. Medicare Part B may help pay for doctor visits, preventive services, lab tests, medical equipment and supplies, and more. The big thing on Plan B is the "may." In order for that "may" to kick in one has to pay higher insurance premiums to an outside health insurance provider.  So now you have to find another health care insurance company to get enrolled in Plans C & D, of course for an additional fee and/or having to pay co-pays for all doctor appointments, labs and medications.  That is what I am trying to set up now.  Overall, my healthcare costs will increase from about 300% to 400% monthly starting this August.

Amazing, but that is the government's way at this time.  People crying out for Medicare For All have no idea what they are wanting.  People wanted Obamacare until they were faced with the slap in the face of higher healthcare premiums and such.
 


Some info: How Much Does Medicare Cost

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Ritual / Rite of Deliverance for Pagans, Witches & Wiccans

Many time we will find ourselves in need for deliverance from various things that come into our lives.  The below rite / ritual has worked for many such instances.  It has been used by our coven as well as those solitary practitioners.

Hail to the Winds
Who rearrange the stars
Guard well this rite of deliverance

Hail to the Flames
Whose warmth delights the heart
Guard well this rite of deliverance

Hail to the Waters
The drink of well springs knowledge
Guard well this rite of deliverance

Hail to the Earth
Our Mother and Home
Guard well this rite of deliverance

Hear me Great Mother
Your child is in need
Deliverance we ask
From woes baneful seeds

Hear me Great Father
Your child needs to know
Deliverance we ask
From the ignorance we show

Knowledge we seek
To heal our own space
Knowledge we seek
To walk in a state of Grace

Deliverance from Evil
Deliverance from Strife
Deliverance from all things
That make for life's blight

Open is the mind
To hear the words of grace
Open is the heart
To feel within this space
Open is the soul
To know its true place

Freedom from the chains
Of outdated views
Freedom from the vices
That once we knew
Freedom from the oppression
That comes from without
Freedom from the ignorance
That creates our world of doubts
Freedom from the loneliness
That comes from the solitaires path
Freedom from the body's ill's
That comes from the fates past

Open our eyes
To the ways of Great work
Fill out hearts with the understanding
To the path of our birth
Open the mind to the knowledge
That makes the pattern whole
Open the ways of Freedom
To use the wisdom so bold

Deliver us from foolishness
And the ways of the Vain
Tell to us the ways to walk
In words that are plain
Hear our words Dear Mother
That we may be made whole
Hear our words blessed Father
That we may know the ways of old

Seeking always to serve the light
We ask it as our right
Arm us well with truth and might
Blessed be the ways of light

Hail to the Winds
Who rearrange the stars
Guarded well this rite of deliverance

Hail to the Flames
Whose warmth delights the heart
Guarded well this rite of deliverance

Hail to the Waters
The drink of well springs knowledge
Guarded well this rite of deliverance

Hail to the Earth
Our Mother and Home
Guarded well this rite of deliverance 

Note: For instructions on forming a pagan circle for rites & rituals visit my blog post:  https://www.dalehyde.org/2021/01/a-wiccan-ritual.html


Friday, May 7, 2021

New Moon Before All Hallows Eve Ritual / Rite for all Pagans, Witches & Wiccans

The new moon prior to All Hallows Eve (Halloween eve) is an awesome event that our coven along with many solitaries celebrate.  This ritual / rite will do wonders for you during this time of the year.

The leaves do fall
The pumpkins grow
The wind rustles change
The Mountains see snow
The Nights turn colder
The days desperate warmth
The Harvest time cometh
The Moon shines bright

Hail Earth whose bounty we know
The fruits of the fields we glean as we go

Hail Air whose winds blow cool
The trees speak the time of changes
Soon the winters snow

Hail Fire the sunsets glow
Red are the nights when the cool winds blow

Hail Water soon to fall as rain
To make ready the land
For next seasons gain

Welcome Ceres.. Mistress of the Grain
that fills the larder with this years gain
Blessings Mother for thy loving hand
In the Golden grain across the land

Welcome Baccus Keeper of the Vine
The wine is yet new, the harvest fest is thine
Merry maker when the work is done
Soft is thy hand on the laborers heart

A cornucopia of bounty is on our table now
Reft from the ground.. she gives gratefully now

The New Year cometh
All hollows soon to pass
Time to reflect on the year now gone
To plan for the year ahead

Blessings be Great Mother
For thy gifts this year we have enjoyed
Blessing Be Great Father
For the wisdom we have gained

Hearken Delipinous...
Show us the year to come
As the veil becomes thin...
This hard bounty we have won

Speak to us Shopia ,
Lady wisdom with golden voice
That we husband well the gifts so gained
That we swander not this trust

Peace be upon the land
In this time of plenty
All to share and share alike
The gifts of the Mothers bounty

By the Golden glow of the Harvest Moon
We gather this night to honor life's greatness
To savor the moment that we live
And count each tick of the clock as a blessing

Hail Great Ones who share your bounty
Hail Blessed ones who share your wisdom
Hail Tender ones who share our woes
Hail My Lords and Lady's
for the harvest of my soul

Blessings Be Mother Earth
To stand with us this night
Hail and Fair thee well

Blessings Be Brother Air
Whose breath is life
Hail and Fair thee well

Blessings be Brother Fire
Whose light to guide the way
Hail and Fair thee well

Blessings be Sister Water
Life to all who know thee
Hail and Fair thee well

Note: For instructions on forming a pagan circle for rites & rituals visit my blog post:  https://www.dalehyde.org/2021/01/a-wiccan-ritual.html 

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Rite / Ritual of Beltane (Beltain) for all Pagans, Witches & Wiccans


A sharing of my coven rite/ritual for Beltane (Beltain) that is remarkable in nature.  This is a special time of year and thanks should be given as we count our blessings from the Gods & Goddesses as well as the Elements.

Come and walk with me for a Time
Outside of Time
In a Place that is no Place...
And come to understand our Mothers Grace

Let  your Spirit Fly
On the Wings of your Will
Through out this Space that is no Space

Come and Walk with Me..

Fire to cleanse the way....
a place for the salamanders to play ....
ours is a place of light...where nothing should
be hidden away........

Welcome My Lord of the Fires Fame
You whose Sword Defends the Weak
Flame to clear the Doss of the mind away
And give strength to the Meek
Lighten the Halls of the Mind
That our circle be complete

Hail and Welcome

Blessed cup of water to cleanse the
spirit  ,ancient ones breathe upon this cup
that all who partake of it may justly command
the power in the service of man

Gabriel ... Warder of Water.. Healer ..
Guardian of Rain, which brings life,
and makes all things grow

Welcome Cup-bearer, Healer
Giver of Dreams in the Night
Emotions sway and the soul takes Flight
Rain to make the garden grow
Our true feelings we would know

Hail and Welcome

The blessings of the power of
Earth to sustain you...eat and drink thy fill...
for you will have need
of the strength...but great is the joy of such work..

Uriel .. Dread Lord .. Raven Wings of Life and Death
Earth Mothers Watchman  and  the Ferry-man as One
At life beginnings and its endings
Do you find Uriel
Welcome Dread Lord
Whose wings I have heard
Let all Fear Die in this space
And Growth and Love take its place

Hand in Hand
Go Life and Death
The Cycle Continues
Thy Charge is Kept

Hail and Welcome
 

The blessings of the power of
Air to give your will Flight  ...
The wind sprites play with the leaves at your feet..
to remind you that, thou the Will is invisible ..
it can move the world....

Raphael.... Warder of the Sylphs of Air..
Unseen one, Guardian of all things that Fly
The first breath you draw in life
Is the Kiss of Raphael

Welcome My Lord, come spread thy wings
You who make the chimes to ring
Bringer of Winters Storm,
Bringer of Summer breezes
Help us Clear away the Fog
that clouds real Loves true form

Hail and Welcome
Feel the chakras light up and let the power flow
Red is the light of desires power
Orange to allow the power to flow
Yellow the sunshine the warmth on my face
Green is the color of healing grace
Blue to guide the will thru the night
Purple of lighting of the Powers might
Indigo flare to purist white

My soul joins to yours......we stand in the light.

When the Moon is full Earths children gather
to pay homage to Her that sustains us All..

Earths children have braved the wind
and storm since the dawn of Time

Earths children are awakened to the
fire of creation and are open to the light...

Earths children are born of the waters of Life..
and unto them they will Return..

Earths children have come to honor
the Mother in all her Wonder...

Estsanatlehi
Changing Woman

Winter to Spring, Summer to Fall
Changing Woman You are them All

You Dance On the Mountains Around Your Hogan
To Bring Changes to The World

Asase Yaa, Aberewa, Asase Efua
Names without End do we Call You
Lilacs in your Hair .. Ever Present Mother
In each Grain of Sand is thy Story

Here me ...My Lady Freya
Mistress of Lighting
Mother of Magic
Mother of Freedom

Be With us Now in our Time of Ritual

Mother of Heroes
Mother of Earth

Be With us Now in the Time of Earths Need

Ever Mindful are we that

We are  the owner of our actions
heir to our actions,
born from our actions,
related through our actions,
and our actions are our judge.

Whatever we do - for good or for evil -
that we will inherit..

May the Divine help me be worthy of my actions...
here in this space
May the incense be Burned
May the water be Blessed
May the food nourish the Soul
May the wind chimes play the music of the Spheres
May the sword draw the Circle
May the wand hold the power, for the good of All..

All the elements of Earth, Air, Fire,
Water and Spirit in Balance and Harmony

Let the Power flow forth
into this new space which touches the World

Let the power of Love for all mankind flow
to fill the empty Spaces

Let the water of Life rain down to
make the closed mind
open like the Blossoms....

Let the power of Fire
help the leaden of Heart to feel alive Again...

Let the Power of the sword cut
through Ignorance...the dark places in the human Soul..

Let the Shield be raised to defend the helpless
against those who would oppress them..

Let the Cup be filled with Joy and Merriment
for there is all too little of that in the World..

Let the wind carry the sound of our
Laughter... for this heals the Heart

Let the Wand of power direct the
Power to where it is needed Most..

Let the Power flow forth
into this new space which touches the World

Let New life be forged ..... and new bonds created
during this time that is no time
in this place that is no place

Hail and farewell spirits of the
North...Thank You...
Great Mother and benefactor

Hail and farewell spirits of the
East...Thank You
and may thy winds blow gently upon the brow of man

Hail and farewell spirits of the
South... Lord of fire and wisdom..Thank You
and may we have learned something
in this walks Endeavor..

Hail and farewell spirits of the West...
We thank you for the gentle rains
to make the flowers of wisdom Grow..

The incense is Ash...
The Fire may be put Out
The Water is Drunk
The Food has been Eaten
The Wind has carried our Voice..
The shield bearer may put his burden
down for now..
Take now the Sword and open the Way
for our return to the world of Time..

But we take with us the scent of Holiness

We take with us food for our Souls

We take with us Knowledge
that we can do more than we thought we Could

Our Mother has held us..
Our Father  has counseled us...
The Spirits of Earth, Fire, Wind and
Rain  have blessed Us...

Our Brethren have worshiped with
Us... and we are Renewed...

Hold tight to each other for a moments grace
and share the power in this place

The Spirit walks
in a Space that is no Space..
for a time that is Timeless...

Blessed Be your Coming..
Blessed Be your Going.....
Blessed be all your House
One and all

Note: For instructions on forming a pagan circle for rites & rituals visit my blog post:  https://www.dalehyde.org/2021/01/a-wiccan-ritual.html
 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

A Excellent Pagan, Wiccan & Witch Full Moon Rite / Ritual


This Full Moon rite/ritual has been used by my coven for several decades.  We also use others, but this one has become a favorite. Give honor and thanks to the Moon Goddess!

Around the circle we go
while the winds blow

The moon is high
and our thoughts we would show

Shadows in the night we hold ...
To Tell our need in the moonlight cold

Blessed moonlight on my face...
To make ourselves bold before the Mothers grace

North the Mothers bountiful grace.
.bring thou abundance on this place
Hail and welcome

East .. may the breeze bring bring changes to this place..
Hail and welcome

South.. the fires place...
may you bring the blaze
to clear the rubbish from this space...
Hail and welcome

West... the waters cool....
wash away the old and bring on the new...
Hail and welcome

The moon is full and the time is right
for making known all our plights...

Great Mother hear your servants call...
as I make known the needs of one and all

Wisdom
that we may better serve thee
Sophia.. Lady so Wise... May we take bread with thee

Abundance so we may spend more time.. at thy Great work...
Fortuna.. Lady of fortune... spread thy hand over us

Peace so we may be still when the need calls for it
Buddha.. share with us your enlightened ways

Merriment.. so we may serve thee with a smile
May the Fae.. rise up and dance with us
and Baubo hear our laughter

Health so we may be strong for our endeavors
Gabrilla.. Lover of Man.. make us whole

Companionship that we may never be alone...
there is strength in numbers
Xochiquetzal...lover of all life..
may there be lovers and friends to keep us company

Shelter from life's storms..
a door we can close against the rain
Vesta great Mother of the Hearth..
may we have a home to keep us safe and warm

Challenges that we may grow strong..
.and wise in the ways of life
Kuan Yin...Mother of compassion and Karma.
..May we live life well

Communication... Blessed be the metal boxes
that keep us together
Mensa..Mother of numbers..
.may the computations always be right

North the way of Growth and flower
We thank thee for thy power
Hail and Farewell

East the winds have made the change
We thank thee for thy sweet breath
Hail and Farewell

South the Fires place
We thank thee for thy blaze of Grace
Hail and Farewell

West the realm of Waters ways
We thank thee for thy cleansing today
Hail and Farewell

Blessed Sweet Mother to hear my call...

Blessed be this company one and all

Thy hand is light upon my head...

Blessed be the time we have spent

Hail Gracious Mother...May we serve you well

 Note: For instructions on forming a pagan circle for rites & rituals visit my blog post:  https://www.dalehyde.org/2021/01/a-wiccan-ritual.html

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

New Years Rite - For All Pagans, Witches & Wiccans

This is an awesome rite or ritual as some call it.  It has been used in my coven for years and time has proven it to truly give honor and thanks to all that nurtures us.

Tonight we stand
in the moonlight bold

At the time of year when the nights
start to become cold

Hear the wind soft breezes cool
to soothe the brow from the summers heat

Hail mighty winds
to blow away the cobwebs of mind

Blessings Be

Feel the warmth of fires glow
the brazier at your feet does show

Hail the Fires warm embrace
to clean away the doss of my life

Blessings Be

Drink of the Waters cool refreshment
to soothe the lips from summers parch

Hail wondrous Water
to soothe the weary soul

Blessings be

Feel the cool of Earth beneath your feet
to connect with Mother Earth so sweet

Hail mighty Earth our Mother in faith
to hold us gently while this trip we take

Blessings be

The years does change
the wheel turns round
here we stand
anchored to the ground

Lift up your heart
let the spirit fly
Gather the power
to make changes sweet
Gather yourself
for the work at your feet

Time to clear the mind of the years turmoil
Time to make ready for winters chill
Time to become in truth
what the years beginning sought
Time to be upright no matter
how heavy the onslaught

Your Blessings Mother we humbly seek
Fill the spaces within...with your love
Your Blessings Father we humbly seek
Fill the spaces within..with your wisdom

Thanks and blessings be Gods of my Fathers
for listening to me

Winds of power.. blessings be
Thank you for attending to me

Fire of might .. blessings be
Thank you for attending to me

Water so cool.. blessings be
Thank you for attending to me

Earth solid Mother.. blessings be
Thank you for attending to me 

 Note: For instructions on forming a pagan circle for rites & rituals visit my blog post:  https://www.dalehyde.org/2021/01/a-wiccan-ritual.html

Monday, May 3, 2021

Graduation Rite / Ritual - For use by Witches, Wiccans & All Pagans

This is a rite to be performed for graduation purposes.  It could be a school or college graduation or any other type of graduation ceremony.  Our coven has used it.  This rite can be preformed by a solitary or a coven.  Many get confused by the term ritual and rite.  In all honesty, to me, it matters not what the action is called, it is how well it works.

Hail Great Mother as we stand on the threshold of life
We reach for your hand to help guide the way

Hail Great Father as we stand on the threshold of life
We seek your wisdom to help guide the way

Blessings on the Earth, on which we will walk
May our steps be sure and on good pathways

Blessings on the Air we breathe, sustainer of life
That we take no moment of life for granted

Blessings on the fire that is life's passions
May we embrace it to the fullest

Blessings on the Water of even the tears life may bring
As it means we are willing to take risks

Hail Mighty Mother and Father of life
hear your child who here stands

We walk the measured pace of pomp and circumstance
Dressed in fine array
Yet within, do our own doubts hold sway

We seek out the wisdom
To live our lives well
We seek out the passion
To do it with fervor
We seek out strength
To endure life's troubles
We seek out the might
To do what is right with our days

We pass by the unseen gates of yet another milestone along life's highway
So much to do, so many things to see, the moments laid out before us like a ribbon of light
We seek understanding for what tomorrow holds
We pray for the knowledge to face it well
We stand as a beacon for those yet behind us
For it is by our hand that the world will be created

Tomorrow holds the promise of life, but it is today in which we live it
May we use each of those precious days to our own enlightenment

Youth is a gift without price, that is too often squandered away
May we use the gift of vigor to do what needs be done for the good of all
Great Father we ask your guidance, to deal with it all , come what may

We stand on the threshold of tomorrow, with all our life before us
We stand proud and tall in the pathways of light
May it always be there to guide us

Blessings on the Earth, on which we will walk
Our steps will be sure and on good pathways

Blessings on the Air we breathe, sustainer of life
We will take no moment of life for granted

Blessings on the fire that is life's passions
We will embrace it to the fullest

Blessings on the Water of even the tears life may bring
We will not fear to take the risk


Note: For instructions on forming a pagan circle for rites & rituals visit my blog post:  https://www.dalehyde.org/2021/01/a-wiccan-ritual.html

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Rite / Ritual of Abundance - For Wiccans, Witches & All Pagans

The below has been used in my Witch's coven on many occasions.  Know you will be graced by using it as well.  This can be used by a solitary or in a coven.

Earth Mighty Mother..we bow to your grace
We seek thy loving guidance
We seek thy bold embrace

Air so precious..
only moments we live without seeing thy face
We seek thy loving power
We seek to win this race

Fire so bold and warming.. our blood flows at thy pace
We seek thy loving warmth
We seek the cold to chase

Water so cool and fresh..all things must know thy touch
We seek to make out lives bloom
We seek to know this grace

We seek not to gain at another's loss
nor to gain what we have not earned
But if it please thee my Lords and Ladies
rain Thy blessings as the wheel turns

Hail Demeter mistress of wealth
and grantor of goodness...
Hold  thy pale hand over our head,
that we may become wise in thy ways
Hail Zeus, thy mighty Lord ,to strike down our weakness,
and grant us the will to grow

Hail Punarvasu Lord of energy and vitality..
Grant us the strength to see to our needs
Blessing be Mother Aditi, who makes all the crops to grow
Grant us thy bounty

Hail Habonida.. Mistress of prosperity...
We seek thy loving hand to help us do the work of the Gods
Hail thy Great Father Njord , patron of navigators.
Help us to chart the way to bountiful shores

Hail Mother Freya.. Great lady of Magic..
Grant us the Will and the Word to work our desires
Hail Thor defender of Midgard ....
Lend us thy hammer to shatter the things which block our path

Hail Mithra guardian over the prosperity of the world..
we the children of  Earth bid you draw near
Hail to thy Father Ahura Mazda, who gave thee thy charge...
Blessings be reverend Father

May we become wise to know
the way of enlightenment is not an easy path
Hail Demeter Lady of  Fate

May we be strong and forceful in our resolve
and not weaken when the times are lean
Hail Father Zeus may thy thunder be loud and long
in our ears that we not forget why we are here

May we be full of the will to succeed
and not get in the way of our own prosperity
Hail Punarvasu who is always truthful with the self

May we know when the crop is ripe
and when we must wait for the harvest
Hail Aditi...in thy golden grace.. whose time cannot be rushed

May we wait with grace and not lose faith with our Fathers
Hail Habondia.. Great Witch of the stars
who waited a thousand years to hear her name

Free us we ask,  to work... not for ourselves alone...
but for the good of all men
Hail Njord.. grant us smooth sailing
and safe journey on this path we have chosen

May we know  the Magic of My Lady
to work our will when its needed ,
to bring to us what is ours by right
Hail Mother Freya..be with us now in our hour of need

May we know plenty,  to free our hands
for the work of  the Gods
Hail Thor... mighty thunderer...
free our hands from poverty's chains

May we have the force of will to do what is needed
Hail Mithra...we seek change and well watered fields...
to make the earth bloom again

May we be forever grateful for the greatest gift we have... Life
Hail Ahura Mazda Lord Wisdom
may we be wise and use this gift well

We seek not to gain at another's loss
nor to gain what we have not earned
We thank  thee my Lords and Ladies
for Thy blessings as the wheel turns

Blessing be Mother Earth
whose breast feeds us from morn to twilight
Blessings be Great Mother for thy watchful eyes on the Rite

Blessings be Patron of  Air on whom our life depends
Blessings be Quite miracle of grace our lives you did defend

Blessings be Fire of my blood.. whose inspiration is my song
Blessings be warmth of my soul our Rite is at its end

Blessings be Water so sweet
upon whom all things living must depend
Blessings be cool drink of my heart
We thank you that you attend
 

Blessings be on this company 

Note: For instructions on forming a pagan circle for rites & rituals visit my blog post:  https://www.dalehyde.org/2021/01/a-wiccan-ritual.html

Saturday, May 1, 2021

What is Magical Protection?

Protection 101
Magical Protection is exactly what the words imply - using magic to protect
yourself and your surroundings. To be a bit more specific, it is the molding of
universal forces according to one's own will resulting in an "etheric" shield being
placed around an area. Magical protection is very much the same as putting
burglar bars on your windows and doors, security and surveillance systems
around your home. Your magical defenses will warn you of approaching danger
allow you to identify it and will keep the danger out.

Magical Protection can take many forms: purely mental/auric, ritualistic,
physical or any combinations of these. Each form of protection has advantages
and disadvantages along with different time requirements. These forms
mentioned herein are only a few possibilities that you have to choose from.

Why do we need to do this?
Magical Protection is essential for anyone who aspires to the Craft or subjects
relating to the Craft. (I dislike this word immensely but I was stumped for
another)   A Witch, or any practitioner of magic, as a servant of the Light, has
the potential to attract negative influences, which will try to stop your work or
progress. Also, a Witch, or practitioner of magic, has the potential to have
negative energy directed at her/him by more unscrupulous entities. We also have
the potential to walk into a negatively charged area. Poverty stricken areas
usually have a higher concentration of people putting off negative emotions such
as worry and fear. Negative emotions or energy attract a certain form of creature
which feeds off the negative energy and tries to promote the conditions or
feelings which create it. Negativity build up can occur anywhere, a home where
there is a lot of fighting, around prisons, etc. It is imperative that you know how
to shield yourself from the influence of such negative forces. The potential for
exposure to negativity is not limited to a Witch or a practitioner of magic but to
everyone. It seems, however, that as you become more advanced, stronger if
you will, that the potential for these happenings increase. I propose the reason
for this is that as you become more in tune with the universe and energy
surrounding you, you begin to vibrate at higher levels. On the etheric level, your
astral form will begin to "glow" more brightly and thus the potential for attracting
attention increases. This is not to say that anyone will definitely attract unwanted
attention but the possibility does exist.

As we move along the magical path, we will meet many entities and forces.
These forces can be broken into three categories of intent: good (positive),
neutral, bad (negative). By far, you will meet more good and neutral forces than
bad. This is the same as everyday life, you meet people who are good, neutral or
bad. Since there is a possibility for meeting a bad or negative force, should we
be worried? Yes and no. Be worried to the point of being aware that something
can happen is good - it means that you know that something could happen and
are that much more prepared to handle such an encounter. If you spend all of
your time looking for ambushes and traps with every step you take then this
might be a little extreme or bad. Forewarned is forearmed. During our workings
and travels, we learn to recognize these classes of forces, how to find them and
how to avoid them. When meeting any force you have several options: talk to
them, ignore them and walk away, take an aggressive stance if you feel
threatened, try to reason with a more unsavory force, etc. Whatever you do will
return three fold, do unto others as you would have them do undo you. These
are statements of truth. For the most part, meeting and being friendly is the best
choice but unfortunately it does not always result in a friendly response. As with
meeting people on the physical level your options for encounters are the same
on the Magical levels.

Magical Protection can be thought of as a martial art. Learning such an art
provides you with a means to defend yourself (defense) if needed and if all else
fails, an offensive form which you can use to defend yourself. The techniques
presented here will help to keep negative forces away from you and teach you
how to get rid of them.

Forms of Magical Protection
Magical Protection can be resolved into two basic categories, physical and non-
physical. Non- physical protections involve shaping of energy into a shield and
wrapping it about yourself, object/place or another person (but only with
permission). Physical forms of protection involve the use of crystals, herbs,
symbols, talismans, etc. to hold protective energies about you or an area.

Non-Physical Protection
I like to call these the "down and dirty" forms of protection. These forms can
take the least amount of time/preparation and include several "instant" forms
which you can use if you get caught "with your pants down." In addition, some
of the techniques can be used as an offensive weapon if you have no other
choice. It is always best to try to avoid a confrontation and for the most part, if
you have shielding up, most things will leave you alone. However, there are
times when you are left with only two choices: fight in response to an attack or
get pounded upon.

Sphere of Light
The sphere of light is the most basic and fastest of all shielding techniques. This
is not to imply that it is inferior to other techniques though. The sphere of light is
as strong as your will and the energy that you put into it. Of course, the question
would be, "Well, if it is so good then why should I learn other techniques?"
Simply put, with any technique of defense, there is a counter to it. So, the more
techniques you know, the better able you are to defend yourself if the need ever
arises. The sphere of light is an extension of your auric form. The method of
creation is very simple.

Technique
Visualize yourself, see a small white dot at your center, watch it grow outward
until it surrounds your entire body, feel/see the sphere solidify into an
impenetrable shield through which nothing can enter (unless you will it). Once
your have the form visualized, allow the shield to turn transparent (like looking
through glass) - the shield is there and protecting you. Know that while you are
in this sphere of light you are protected and safe.

When learning this technique, take time to slowly construct the form. Be sure to
have it completely surrounding you (top, bottom, front, back, sides). Practice
setting the shield and turning it transparent. As you practice, you will eventually
arrive at the point where you can call this type of shield instantly. This is the
level you wish to attain. Do not worry about the time it takes to call this shield
when you are beginning, just keep practicing and eventually it will become
reflex.

DO NOT PRACTICE MAGICAL PROTECTION WHILE DRIVING
ANY TYPE OF VEHICLE!

Another method of shielding is feeling yourself wrap a protective blanket around
you. Like when you were a little kid and you knew nothing bad could get to you
if you were just all covered up with your favorite blanket. Well make yourself a
magical blanket to wrap yourself up in only this one does protect you from
everything that is meant to harm you.

Experience has taught me that different shields work better against different
things and if you work magic long enough you will attract attention and not all of
it is welcome.  Depending on the situation I will have three to seven layers.
The question is what should these layers be? This is where a good imagination
comes into play. What you want is to think of something protective and see
yourself covered top of head to bottom of feet in the material. Common things to
shield with are the elements: air, fire, water, and earth.
 
When my family moves into a place, one of the first things I do is give it a good
cleaning on the physical and on the non-physical level. (I find this works best if
you do this before you start moving your possessions into the place if at all
possible.) For cleansing on a non-physical level, I usually mix up a special blend
of herbs, (which has been different each time because I have remembered to
write down exactly what I have done with incense exactly once. For your
information this is not a good thing.) I grind the herbs with a mortar and pestle
until they are in a semi-course state. (Some people say grind the dried herbs
finely but I like the texture better when they are coarser. Feel free to decide your
own personal preference.) I usually dump the herbs in a bowl at this point in
time and add a few drops of different oils and I use my hands to mix the oils and
herbs together. The herbs should not be too moist. (About the moisture amount
you would find in soil that is perfect for planting seeds.) I burn this blend on
charcoal, which is specially made to burn herbs.

One of the next things I do is mix together some water and sea salt. (Tap water
will actually work fine although I have used rain, river and snow waters in the
past.) If we are in a house, I circle (or as close to a circle as I can) the property
line clockwise starting in the east and heading south, then west, up north and
finally back east. I sprinkle the salt water as I circle and state: "I bless and
consecrate these lands in the name of the Lady and the Lord." (Yes I realize for
all intents and purposes, the property is now holy ground but I have also found
blessed space keeps the rare icky spirit thing away.) It is very much like casting
a big circle. I see the circle form and see it both above and below the house. If
we were in an apartment, I would be doing a similar thing on the inside of the
house but would take special care to make sure to get the doors and windows.
There are tons of other protective measures you can do. Salt or sandalwood in
corners, a broomstick across a doorway, a witch ball hanging in a window and a
witch bottle buried under the house, are but a few examples. What is protective
would be too extensive to include in one small article but fortunately there are
plenty of books out there, which can be used as a reference point. (See the
house cleansing at the end)

As I stated at the beginning of this article, I did not write this because attacks
are common, but building shields and having protections around you is just plain
smart. It is better to be needlessly prepared then caught unaware.  I would like
to finish up this article by explaining how to make one version of a witch bottle.

Witches Bottle
Items needed:
1 small bottle or jar with lid
clean sand
pins, nails broken glass (a broken mirror would be excellent) and all manner of
sharp objects that are yours .
Any protective herbs are good also.

Open the jar and fill it with the sharp things. Be careful not to cut yourself. Fill
the bottle with sand then the "sharp objects". Close it tightly and charge it
(focusing your energy into it with a specific intent) with protecting the area you
are warding. Bury it under the house or in the area you wish protected. Make
sure it is in an area where it will not be disturbed or dug up.
And that is it. Pretty simple actually but also effective. 

Blessed be.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Magical & Ritual Use of Herbs - Damiana (Tumera diffusa)

A sacrament to improve and tone sexuality

Family: Tumeraceae.
Botanical Name: Turnera diflUsa.
Synonyms: Mexican damiana.
Geographical Location: Tropical parts of the Americas, particularly Texas and Mexico. It is also harvested in Africa.
Habitat: Grows in dry soil; needs sun.
Botanical Description: A small shrub with ovate leaves that are broadest toward the top end. The leaves are smooth and pale green on the upper side and smooth on the undersides except for a few hairs on the ribs. The flowers are yellow, arising singly from the axilla of the leaves followed by a one-celled capsule splitting into three pieces. The flower has an aromatic smell and a bitter taste.

HISTORY
Many women in Mexico have found that a cup of damiana tea taken one or two hours before intercourse helps to immerse them in the sex act. It is believed to have a tonic effect upon the sexual organs and the nervous system. Most effective when used in combination with saw palmetto berries (Serenoa repens) in a 1:1 ratio.

CHEMISTRY
The leaf contains 0.2-0.9% volatile oil, 14%resin, approximately 3.5% tannin, 6%starch, and a bitter substance called damianian.

PRIMARY EFFECTS
Mild aphrodisiac and marijuana-like euphoria, lasting about an
hour and a half.

PREPARATION
In his book, A Manual of Sex Magick, LouisJ. Culling describesa damiana drink preparation: Take 2 heaping tablespoons of dried damiana leaves and boil them in 1 cup of water for five minutes. Cool, strain, and drink in the evening. He recommends continual use over a two-week period for significant results.

RITUAL USE
Below is a fine recipe for an aphrodisiacal cordial of damiana.
Soak 1 ounce ofdamiana leaves in 1 pint of vodka for five days.
Pour off the liquid, strain, and filter through a conical paper coffee filter. Soak remaining alcohol-drenched leaves in *pint of distilled or spring water for another five days. Pour off the liquids, strain, and filter as before. Warm water extracts to 160°F and dissolve in Y2 to 1 cup of honey. Combine alcoholic and aqueous extractions. Age for one month. During the aging a sediment will form as the liqueur clarifies. The sediment is harmless but you may wish to siphon the clear liqueur from it. For best results, take 1 or 2 cordial glasses of the beverage nightly. The taste is exquisite.
Small quantities of liqueur are excellent for any ritual oriented
toward sex magic. Although its chemistry is unknown,
damiana can be used as a sacrament to improve and tone sexuality.

Note of Caution: Excessive long-term use may be toxic to the liver.
Damiana can make a really fine smoke if used in a waterpipe. For a marijuana-like high, a blend known as Yuba Gold is:
4 parts damiana leaf
4 parts scullcap herb
~ part lobelia herb
4 parts passionflower herb


Saturday, March 27, 2021

The Charge of The Goddess - For use by all Pagans

Listen to the words of the Ancient Mother, who was of old called among men Astarte, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Maia, Diana, Terra, Ishtar, Hecate, Brigid, and by many other
names.


Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, ye shall assemble in sacred space and adore the spirit of me who is Mother of all. There ye shall assemble who desire to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets. To these I will teach things that are yet unknown, and you shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise. For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also is Joy on Earth, and my Law is love unto all beings. Keep pure thine highest ideals, strive ever towards them. Let naught stop thee or turn thee aside, for mine is the secret that opens upon the door of youth, and mine is the Cauldron that gives the knowledge of rebirth.


I am the gracious Lady who gives the gift of joy to the hearts of mankind. I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal, and beyond death I give peace and freedom and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand aught of sacrifice, for behold! I am the Mother of all things, and my love is poured out upon the Earth!


Hear the words of the Star Goddess, the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircles the universe:


I am the beauty of the green Earth, and the white moon among the stars, and the rhythms of the waters, I call to your soul to arise and come to me. For I am the soul of nature who gives life to the universe. From me all things proceed, and to me all things must return. And before my face thine inmost self shall be enfolded in the rapture of the infinite. Let my worship be in the heart that rejoices, for behold! All acts of Love and Pleasure are my rituals! Let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within thee. And thou who seek to know me, know that thy seeking and yearning will avail thee not, unless thou knowest the mystery: for if that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee, thou wilt never find it without. For behold, I have been with thee from the beginning , and I am that which is attained at the end of desire.

Note: For instructions on forming a pagan circle for rites & rituals visit my blog post:  https://www.dalehyde.org/2021/01/a-wiccan-ritual.html

Friday, March 26, 2021

The Thirteen Principles of Witchcraft

The Council of American Witches (now defunct) adopted the 13 Principles of Witchcraft in April of 1974. Although many modern-day Witches are unfamiliar with the C.A.W., the Council's principles are widely adhered to just the same. They are as follows:


1) We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal Quarters and Cross-quarters.


2) We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with Nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept.


3) We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than that apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary it is sometimes called supernatural, but we see it as lying within that which is naturally potential to all.


4) We conceive of the Creative Power in the universe as manifesting through polarity – as masculine and feminine – and that this same Creative Power lies in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive to the other. We value sex as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.


5) We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological, worlds sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconsciousness, Inner Planes, etc. – and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.


6) We do not recognize any authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those have courageously given of themselves in leadership.


7) We see religion, magick, and wisdom in living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it – a world view and philosophy of life which we identify as Witchcraft – the Pagan Way.


8) Calling oneself a Witch does not make a Witch – but neither does heredity itself, nor the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within her/himself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well without harm to others and in harmony with Nature.


9) We believe in the affirmation and fulfillment of life in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness giving meaning to the Universe we know and our personal role within it.


10)
Our only animosity towards Christianity, or towards any other religion or philosophy of life, is to the extent that it's institutions have claimed to be 'the only way', and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practice and belief.


11) As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present and our future.


12) We do not accept the concept of absolute evil, nor do we worship any entity known as Satan, or the Devil, as defined by the Christian tradition. We do not seek power through the sufferings of others, nor accept that personal benefit can be derived only by denial to another.


13) We believe that we should seek within Nature that which is contributory to our health and well-being.


[The above principles are now in the public domain.]

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Nature Spirit Magic

Introduction

Each plant, animal, rock, and other entity has a spirit (consciousness resonance matrix). These spirits can join together, in a hive-mind, as a spirit of an area. Nature spirits include real biological intelligences, are psychically powerful, and are much less abstract and controllable than the Elementals that many magical people who perform all of their rituals indoors are familiar with. They can be extremely powerful allies. It is possible to sense nature spirits, to determine if they are receptive to a ritual planned, and to have them actively participate in magical workings if they are.

Some Effects Of Working With Nature Spirits

Spectacular physical manifestations can happen when working with nature spirits in the wild. I have personally seen actual foxfire mark the boundaries of a magic circle at a location that was identified as a receptive power spot and attuned to a planned ritual the day before. I have seen more than one site attuned for ritual be dry and comfortable, with a round hole in the clouds overhead, on days that were cold and rainy at other nearby locations. Birds have joined in rituals, flying around the circle when energy was being raised; and insects, birds and animals have joined in chants. In addition, the wind often responds to invocations. Generally, these spectacular manifestations happen unexpectedly.

With or without such manifestations, nature spirits often will channel tremendous amounts of power into the magic being performed. It is suggested that you do not consciously try for specific manifestations. Let Nature channel her power into the magic in her own way. If approached with respect, nature may give you many pleasant surprises.

Spectacular physical manifestations are not a necessary sign of success. If you need a spectacular manifestation and nature spirits know this, you will get it. The best success in magic is on the inner planes and more subtle than such manifestations. This success involves beneficial changes in consciousness that last and helpful chains of synchronicity. In addition, working with Nature Spirits can also bring a deep sense of partnership with Nature, and bring new levels of attunement.

To get the best results, perform nature spirit attunement several hours to several days before the main ritual. The purposes of such attunement are to find suitable power spots and to get the help of friendly nature spirits. This timing gives Nature time to gather her children and to prepare to actively participate in the main ritual.

What To Not Do

If nature spirits are approached with disrespect by attempting to command them rather than listening to them and inviting them to work with you, nature spirits may flee, rebel, or attack. I once attended a ritual by some pseudo-Crowleyites who attempted to perform the "Ritual of the Barbarous Names" at a power spot in a forest and then to extend the circle several hundred yards in all directions.


While the forest in general had loud insect and frog noises, the area at which the ritual took place got quiet immediately when the main ritualist declared that all spirits were subject unto him. The vibes from nature could best be characterized as "Oh yea, Mother!" One participant was quickly possessed by an angry spirit and kept repeating "You killed my children, your children will never live in peace." When the priestess stepped out of the boundaries of the original circle, she was attacked by bees; and bees covered the Book of the Law. Magicians should know better than to attempt to command spirits whose true names they do not know!

Calling Nature Spirits

To make the most out of working magical ritual in the wild, one should find power spots where nature spirits are receptive to the ritual planned and approach the spirits with respect, as equals. In my experience, the most effective power spots for working with the living intelligences of nature are located in wild areas with diverse, active ecologies.

When entering a wild area to find a site for a ritual, find a place that feels good. Then do the following, either individually or, if in a group, as a guided meditation:

Relax, while standing upright, and focus on your breathing. Breathe deep breaths from the diaphragm. Breathe together if in a group.

Feel the wind, and let it relax you and awaken your spirit within, as your deep breathing takes you into non-ordinary reality.

Picture, in your mind's eye, a light inside you. As you breathe, feel the light expand, purify and energize you - as it expands to fill your aura.

Feel yourself glowing, balanced, purified, and full of power.

Connect with your inner self (your higher self), and feel your intuitive self operating.

Feel yourself as:

The wind, full of life and intelligence, communicating with all round.

The Sunlight, warm, alive, channeling the power to communicate with nature and energizing all around.

Water, emotional, intuitive, refreshing, and connected with nature.

The Earth, and note how your physical body is able to wander while remaining part of Mother Earth.

Focus on your spiritual self, and:

Note the light within and feel it as love,

Expand the light and love beyond the immediate aura of your body to the surrounding area - where you will go to find a power spot and contact nature spirits.

Telepathically (by thinking while channeling the love and light energy) send out signals to nature spirits to emerge and be aware of your presence.

Say why you have come, and invite them to join in sharing, mutual celebration, and the work you intend.

Visualize the light and love energy you are channeling extending out and merging with the light from distant places.

Feel the power of the Earth flowing up through your body and feet.

Feel the power from the sky, and channel this power also to further energize the carrier signal of light and love for communicating with nature.

Visualize the light expanding and merging.

Continue to send out telepathic signals.

Now go deeper:

Close your eyes, sit on the Earth, and feel your connection while you channel more light and love.

Continue modulating the light and love with your thoughts - inviting receptive spirits to join with you and to make themselves known.

If in a group, someone should start playing a drum at a rate of about one beat per second; and you should listen to the drum and let the drum take you deeper.

Affirm that you are a nature magician, a medicine person, who knows and communicates with nature. Let this part of yourself emerge to full consciousness. Let the drum and the connection to your inner self awaken that part of yourself that naturally communicates with other life forms. Let it awaken your telepathic senses.

Continue sending telepathic signals to nature.

When you feel ready and an inner urge to begin, open your eyes a crack and look around, while continuing to channel love and light and telepathically calling for a response.

You may see light coming from certain areas that are receptive. You may get other signals, such as a feeling of power or love returning in a certain direction. Perhaps the type of response to this work will be unexpected; follow your intuition in interpreting it.

You may test your connection by communicating (mentally) instructions for signals for yes/no responses (such as light getting brighter for less and darker for no) and then mentally ask questions and observe the responses.

When you have found an areas that seems to be responsive and receptive, begin walking to the area, while beaming love energy. Extend your aura to the area and sense the energy.

Entering A Power Spot

Before entering a power spot, ask permission to enter. If the response is good, enter; if not, locate another more receptive area.
When entering the power spot, look around. Perhaps the responsive energy will be concentrated around some singularity (a bush, a tree, a specific branch, a moss covered rock, or other entity that stands out). Perhaps the energy will be more general. Use your intuition and feedback from the spirits to guide your actions.

If it feels right, send out a signal that you would like to touch the singularity (or the ground) for better communication. If the response is good, approach beaming love energy, and then touch or hug the singularity (or the ground).
Treat the spirits as you would other Pagans you meet for the first time - be sensitive, open, and listen.

Deepening Communication With Nature Spirits

Now that you have made contact with spirits that seem receptive, deepen the communication:

Breathe deep breaths from the diaphragm, and with each breath, feel more refreshed.

Now imagine that your spine is the trunk of a tree; and, from its base, roots extend deep into the Earth. Deep into the rich moist Earth.
With every breath, feel the roots extending deeper,

Feel the energy deep within the Earth and within the waters of the Earth. Feel your roots absorbing nourishment from the Earth and from its waters.

Feel the moist, warm energy rising.

Feel it bursting up from the Earth and rising up your spine, like sap rises in a tree.

Feel the energy rise to your crown chakra (at the top of your head).

Now imagine that you have branches, branches that sweep up and then bend down towards the Earth, like the limbs of a willow.

Feel the branches extending and interweaving with your surroundings.

Feel the warm, moist energy of the Earth flowing through your branches. As it flows, feel yourself being purified, centered, and connected to the Earth.

Feel the power from the Earth flowing through your branches and then down back to the Earth, like a fountain.

Note how your branches absorb energy from the air. Also, feel them receiving light (fire) from the sky.

Feel the energy from above penetrating deep through your body into the Earth.

Feel the warmth of the Earth rising also.

Feel the energy circulating.

Notice how your branches intertwine with the branches of energy surrounding you.

Feel the energy dancing among your branches and the branches around you.

Notice how your roots also intertwine with underground energy channels.

Feel the energy dancing between your roots and the surrounding energy patterns.

Notice how you and the life around you are rooted in the same Earth, breathing the same air, receiving the same fire, drinking the same water, sharing the same underlying essence. You are one with the magical grove.

Telepathically mention the time in the past when nature spirits and people communicated regularly and the need to establish such communication now.

Test your connection by asking questions and observing the responses.

Working With Nature Spirits

Explain to the spirits the purpose of your coming to them and the nature of the ritual you plan.

If the spirits you contacted are receptive:

Explain to them the details of the ritual and invite them to provide ideas.

Listen, you may receive suggestions on how to improve the ritual. Such suggestions may come in the form of hunches, visions, answers to yes/no questions using pre-arranged signals, or in other ways.

Explain what type of space is needed and ask what the best place to perform the ritual is.

You may see light or get other psychic signals leading you to other sites, or you may be at one of them.

You may also ask what the best places for other aspects of the planned work are (picnicking, individual vision quests, etc.).

If preparation of the site is needed (removing briars, preparing a fire circle, etc.) ask permission of the spirits before proceeding with such action.

Before you leave the power spot, tell the spirits you have contacted when you plan to return to do the ritual (visualizing the associated lunar and solar aspects can help with this communication).

Invite them to join in the ritual when you return and to bring their friends.

Ask if it would be best to return silently, with drums, with chanting, or with some other form of approach.

You can also ask the spirits to provide guidance for working in balance and to provide a teacher to provide further guidance.
Before you leave the power spot:

Thank the spirits,

Channel love energy,

Trigger your memory of the experience, and

If it feels right, leave an offering of tobacco, or beer and honey poured on the ground (or other suitable material).
Leave in peace and love.

Proceed to other sites that were indicated by the spirits, doing similar meditations at each site.

If you need something, like a staff, a Maypole, or a wand, you can also ask where you can find it and follow the guidance you receive (not slavishly, but as you would guidance from another Pagan).

Before leaving the general area in which you found power spots and contacted nature spirits:

Channel love energy towards the receptive sites you found,

Thank the spirits of the land,

Pull back your roots and branches,
Ground any excess energy into the Earth (placing your hands on the Earth, breathe in any excess energy, and channel the energy down your arms, while visualizing and feeling the energy going into the Earth), and

Leave in peace and love.

Naturally, you should leave the area at least as clean, and preferably cleaner, than you found it.

If you work with techniques of Wicca or Ceremonial Magic, you may find that by casting a circle, calling the Elements, the Goddess, the Gods, and the local nature spirits while you are at receptive sites, you may be able to greatly increase communication.

Through the use of drums and other power raising techniques, it is even possible to energize receptive nature spirits. The results can be very interesting. If with a coven, such circles can be done as part of a group attunement to a power spot you have located.

If you do not get good feelings in response to your explanation of the ritual and are unable to come up with a ritual that gives good responses, do not try to force a good response. You would only be fooling yourself.

Thank the spirits for their attention.
Ask them why they are not receptive (if it feels right and they are communicative).

Trigger your memory.

Pull back your "roots and branches," return any excess energy you feel into the Earth.

If it feels appropriate, leave an offering of tobacco or other appropriate material, out of respect for the spirits.

Move to a more receptive site.

If it is hard to find a site that is really receptive, you should:

Consider any impressions you got of why the nature spirits weren't receptive in the area you were in, and re-think your plans for a ritual, as necessary and appropriate.

It may also be appropriate to look for another general area in which to find a suitable power site that is receptive to the work planned.

What To Do When Returning

It can be very powerful to purify and center yourself and to attune to the spirits of the land using the techniques previously described for calling nature spirits immediately upon returning to the site.

Often, individuals may have found small specific power spots to which they have a special attunement, where the spirits are interested in participating; but where the site is too small, has too much vegetation, or is otherwise unsuitable for the main ritual. Individual attunement to the spirits in such areas and inviting them to participate in the main ritual can be worthwhile.

Then approach the main ritual site using the previously arranged technique. You should have the details worked out with the spirits of the land. An exceptionally powerful technique involves doing a procession through or past receptive power spots, inviting nature spirits to join as you pass each power spot, and then moving to the central power spot for the main ritual. If participants are at individual power spots, they can join the procession as it passes nearby.

When consecrating space in the wild, or casting a circle, do not set up the perimeter as a barrier to all outside forces; it should be a beacon to attract friendly nature spirits, a container for holding magical power, and a barrier to spirits who it isn't right to be with.
One thing that is fun and worthwhile in nature is to bring instruments, such as a rattle, a flute and/or a drum, to tune in to nature's sounds, and to make music in time to nature's sounds. You may be able to get some very interesting back and forth exchanges of music going with selected creatures of the wild, and get into an amazing jam session.

After the work is complete, be sure to thank the spirits for their participation. Libations and other offerings may also be left for the spirits during and/or after the ritual.

Acknowledgments

There are other ways of working with nature spirits. This is one approach. The author thanks Selena Fox for teaching the basic guided meditation technique for locating and contacting nature spirits at a tranceworking session sponsored by the Chameleon Club (part of the Association for Consciousness Exploration) in 1981, Vicky Smith for editorial review of this article, Isaac Bonewitz for the outline of the expanded tree meditation, and Carlos Castenada, Black Eagle, Pasha, the Goddess, the Gods, and various nature spirits for teaching the rest of the good methods.

Most of this article is an expansion of an article by the author titled "Finding a Sacred Grove for Druid Initiation" by Larry Cornett, published in The Druid's Progress and in Amaranth Anthology.

Rights To Distribute This Article

This article is written by Larry Cornett. It is copyrighted l988; and it is hereby placed by the author in the public domain, providing it is not modified without the explicit permission of the author and providing the author is acknowledged. It may therefore be distributed freely to any BBS or other Electronic Forum or copied and handed out for free. Permission to reprint it in a publication for sale may be requested from the author, and will generally be granted in exchange for a copy of the publication containing the article. This copyright takes precedence over any copyright expressed or implied by any BBS or commercial system on which this file is posted.
Larry Cornet
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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Filling The Void - Full Moon Insight

 

A few years ago, back in 2006, on the night of the full moon, I was thinking of a past client of mine, whom I had done some healing work on, on an emotional level.  As I was gazing out the window, watching the beautiful full moon rise over the mountains in the clear Santa Fe night, I remembered how she had told me she had been sexually abused as a child by her stepbrother and had never received any treatment because her parents were afraid it would ruin the family.  It appeared that this abusive past lead to a current eating disorder she had.

Suddenly a door slammed - I jumped - my heart started pumping harder, and I mumbled a few words under my breath.  I tried to regain my composure by turning on the radio.  I ran through the stations to find a comfortable song. "All the same empty noise," I thought.  I wonder why I keep this crazy thing on so much of the time.  It's almost like I'm trying to fill a void somehow.

I looked toward the mountains again.  The moon was so bright and full that it illuminated the clouds sitting above the mountaintops.  I turned the radio off and began to be thankful for the majesty of nature.  I thought of the full moon ritual I had planned for later in the night.  A feeling of enormous debt filled my heart and soul.  I began to offer thanksgiving to Goddess Diana for the beauty that I was seeing outside the window.  I began to muse: "I wonder, my Goddess, why I have a yearning - almost a need - to fill every minute with music or books or something to satisfy the void.  Why does Sherrie (the previously mentioned client -names have been changed) seek to fill her void with food?  Why does Susan feel a need to fill her void with drugs, and why does Bert seek to fill his void with sex?  Why does there sometimes seem to be a giant hole in our lives, even when we want to do what's right?"

After these questions, thoughts and feelings filled my heart and soul.  The answer came in a peaceful awareness.  I had lived with Goddess Diana in the premortal existence.  In that realm I was filled with Her divine love for me as Her son.  When I came to Earth, I left Her presence, and a void was created.  I felt the void was placed in my heart for my earthly journey so I would seek Her again.  As I seek to know and love Diana, the void can be filled.

It was a soft and quiet answer - as quiet as the moonlit night. But it touched my soul, and tears began to well up in the corner of my eyes.

Now, as I work with clients on healing levels who are suffering from pain, loneliness, and addictions, I have reached a new awareness that they are all trying to fill their void in ways that can only tear them apart.  The void cannot be filled by external sources but must be filled from within...so beings a journey of true healing and recovery.


Monday, February 1, 2021

Defining Paganism

The definition of Pagan is as illusive as it is controversial. By some standards, pagan is simply any religion other than Christian, Muslim or Jewish. It is safe to say that this definition does not justify the unified culture that encapsulates pagan events and gatherings.

Others refer to pagans as polytheists; that also is not true of all pagans.

According to some sources, and the definition used by the Pagan and Earth-Based Spirituality Organization, paganism "refers to the worship of deities [and] the use of surviving symbols and practices of ancient religions." This definition seems to me to be most descriptive of what I have witnessed in pagan circles. For a very thorough analysis of the various definitions, try religioustolerance.org/paganism.htm.

Is Paganism the same as Wicca?

Wiccans are pagans, but not all Pagans are Wiccans. Paganism can be thought of as an umbrella term which encapsulates many traditions such as Wicca, Druidism, Ancient Native American beliefs, and some might even include Buddhism and Hinduism. Wicca is a specific religion which is acknowledged as an official religion by the United States government. It has its own doctrines which include "Do what ye will, but harm none", and the belief that all deeds, good or evil, return to you in three-fold. While these beliefs are not across the board for Pagans, many modern pagans have similar doctrines.

How and what do Pagans worship?

Pagans have a wide array of visions of the divine. Most recognize a balance between a feminine divinity and a masculine divinity. This is witnessed in such concepts as the Taoist Yin and Yang, the ancient earth mother and sky father, the many gods and goddesses, and even in the Hebrew Adam and Eve. Often it is seen that there is a place in which this masculine and feminine energy come together in unity and this is the ultimate source of power. Some pagans do not name their idea of divinity and merely refer to it as "The Divine", "Great Mother/ Great Father" or "Limitless Light". Others break their idea of divinity into specific attributes which are assigned to the various gods and goddesses. Some even have "patron deities", or deities in which they feel most empowered by or drawn to. Pagan worship is just as varied as any other religion in terms of worship. Prayer, ritual, fasting, meditation, drumming, singing, and dancing are often used to connect with the divine. Just as any religion, some pagans are very strict and rigid in their worship, while others are very lax.

Do Pagans sacrifice things in ritual?

Usually when one thinks of ritual sacrifice, they think about an animal (or small child!).( I, personally do NOT endorse or approve of such things, I am merely stating what is a commonly believed idea ). In reality, ritual sacrifice is usually much less dramatic. During ceremony, wine or milk is often poured on the ground, as well as bread being broken, as a offering to the goddess or to show appreciation for the harvest. Often, unproductive or bad habits are sacrificed to clear a path for new growth. There are still some groups that perform animal sacrifices during ritual, in which case the animal is blessed, sacrificed, and the eaten after ritual ( a far more humane and respectful way to kill an animal for food than the more common "slaughter-house method"). This practice is still relatively rare in modern pagan practice. Most Pagans tend to be very animal, plant and Earth friendly and some even refuse to eat meat at all.

How does one become Pagan?

One becomes pagan by learning a path which is considered pagan then developing a connection and love for it. You may be able to find local events in your area that draw a large Pagan crowd to develop a network of peers. I find that this is most rewarding and that being active in the Pagan community constantly reaffirms why you are so connected with your chosen path.

Where can I find a Pagan group?

Some areas are blessed with a strong pagan presence, while other area may require a bit of searching. Military areas tend to be good for the pagan presence as it draws people from all backgrounds and creates a "melting pot" effect. Look in the phone book for occult or magick supplies. Some times these stores have connections to local groups or may even host events themselves.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

On Becoming a Wiccan

As you might assume, I get a great deal of email. Of this, quite a bit is from those asking for guidance on how to start being Wiccan or a Witch. First off, as a beginner, forget about casting spells. Spellwork is not the main focus of this path and there is much to learn and understand before you delve into advanced practices. If that's what you want, you've missed the point and are seeking the old way's for all the wrong reasons...

Simply put, it doesn't make sense for the novice to want to command the forces of nature and the universe when you don't fully comprehend or understand them. To do so, only invites total failure or worse if you are successful in casting a spell or opening a portal and letting some nasty out to follow you around.

For most long term experienced Wiccan's and Witches, spellwork probably consists of less than 25% of what walking this path is about. Yes, we occasionally use spells, but that isn't the most important part of being magickal.

So how then do you begin living a magickal life? 

Visiting your local public library is always a good source of reading materials.  My suggestion on this, once you get to the shelves holding such books, reach out and grab that first one that "calls" out to you.


Since the Lord and Lady speak to each of us differently, the answers to how a magickal life applies to you are questions only you and the Goddess or God can find and define together. While I suspect that many of you already have a beginning awareness of the answers, they are most likely only faint glimmerings.

Understand that the seeds of awareness are already within each of us through the divine energy of our spirits. We need only listen to the subtle whispers and nudges as the Goddess speaks to us. They are like the caress of a gentle breeze. Subtle and faint, yet still a tangible awareness in our subconscious and soul. It is when we learn to recognize the subtle nuances of her voice, then meditate and focus upon how they apply to us individually that we can truly being living a magickal life.

Walking this path consists of achieving an understanding and awareness of how all things are infused with divine energy and are connected. Once you truly gain this awareness, you then tap into divine energy and everything begins to fall in place like the pieces of a puzzle. It is at this point when you can begin to "work magick" because now you understand how "magick works." It is within you and always has been. You just need to realize it.

This concept is aptly stated in Doreen Valiente's Charge of the Goddess.

"To thou who thinkest to seek me, know that thy seeking and
yearning shall avail thee not unless thou knowest the mystery.
If that which thou seekest thou findest not within thee,
thou wilt never find it without."

In closing, suppose the best guidance I can offer would be to begin living life differently. Make a conscious effort to slow down and become aware of everything around you. Signs of the Goddesses presence are everywhere. As we grew up however, we were trained by the influence of a technological society to stop recognizing and acknowledging them and we lost our awareness and connection.

When we were young, all of life and nature around us was truly magickal. Colors were brighter, the tastes and textures of food were more vivid as they gave us their energy, we felt the caress of a warm summer breeze differently. The examples could go on and on, but in short, we saw, felt and understood the magick. We had an unspoken awareness from all of our senses of the magick around us.

How does one go about reclaiming that awareness? 

Go to a park and watch the children, hear the pureness of their laughter for they see and feel the magick. Walk through the grass with your shoes off and remember... Lay back and watch the clouds, marvel at the blueness of the sky, see and feel the Goddess in the gentle breeze. Pay attention and slowly you will "remember" how to hear that unspoken voice and see the magick again...

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Angels, Guardian Angels and Archangels

Angels are a separate creation, believed by some to be between God and human. By others, these are believed to be gods and goddesses, as to be distinguished from Gods and Goddesses. They are believed to be powerful beings, and archangels are believed to be very powerful beings. There are many types of angels. I will only discuss a few in this writing at this time. 

Guardian Angels

Many believe that we all have guardian angels that protect and guide us throughout our lives, assigned to us from birth. In a May 2004 Gallup poll, 72 percent of Americans said that they believe in angels. 

A guardian angel is assigned to you and never leaves your side. Some believe that you have one guardian angel and others believe that you have two. But all believers agree that your guardian angel is with you throughout your entire life. 

Communicating with Your Guardian Angel

According to the book Angel Therapy by Doreen Virtue, you can communicate with your guardian angel in many ways:
Letters. Write down your worries, questions and concerns and then your angels can assist you with your troubles.

  •  Visualization. You can visualize your angels using your mind’s eye. This can be a powerful experience in connecting to your angels. 

  •  Thinking. You can connect with your guardian angels by calling on them mentally. Angels do not need to hear a spoken word to come to your aid; they will come to your aid when they hear your thought. 

  •  Speaking. You can also speak to the guardian angels aloud. If speaking your mind comforts you, then speak to your angels and trust that they will come. 


Your angels are always there and they want to assist you with whatever is on your mind and in your heart. All you need to do is to ask for help and your angels are right there. According to Virtue, an angel will not interfere with a human’s life unless asked, except in a life-threatening situation. 

 A guardian angel’s inspiration

Whether or not you choose to communicate with your guardian angel, they are always ready to assist you with important matters in your life. They follow you throughout your day, guiding and protecting you. Your guardian angel may nudge you to do something, or nudge you to avoid doing something. You may get a good feeling about doing something – and this could very well come from your guardian angel. Your guardian angels are happy to inspire you whenever you need their assistance. 

It is comforting to know that your guardian angel is always there for you, when times are good and when times are troubling.

Archangels

Archangels are angels who epitomize the fullest development of the qualities, attributes, and principles of the Universal Rays. Donning the sacred mantle of Archangel is a celebratory act of affirmation and of commitment to the unity of the greater whole. 

There are many angels, but the ranks of the archangels are limited by the necessity for members of their angelic order to be tried and tested, trustworthy to their starcore, and truly intent upon helping others. 

As Archangels, their prior actions and behavior serve as an exemplary role model for other angels and humans to aspire to as they traverse the universal evolutionary spirals. Archangels then are angels who epitomize the fullest development of the qualities, attributes, and principles of the Universal Rays. 

Archangels can also belong to one or more of the other orders of angels. To become a chief among angels, however, an angel must exhibit noteworthy capabilities, remarkable flexibility, and just leadership abilities. 

By embodying both the highest vibrational and the lightest resonance levels, they have consistently walked their talk, earning them both the honor and the privilege of becoming an angelic chieftain. 

As Archangels, their prior actions and behavior serve as an exemplary role model for other angels and humans to aspire to as they traverse the universal evolutionary spirals. The triune qualities of Love, Light, and Power are balanced in their consciousnesses and divine matrixes. 

Although the Archangels are also almost equally balanced in both their masculine and feminine polarities, they are all slightly skewed more towards one of the polarities than the other, making them either a male angel or a female angel. 

Today for the most part, there are an equal number of female and male Archangels serving on the Twelve Universal Rays. Supportive emissaries with bridging responsibilities, the Archangels span dimensional time and space to serve as patrons and protectors of humanity, bringing hallowed blessings and providing intercessional openings... 

The most widely recognized list of Archangels that have been overlighting earthly endeavors who are currently holding positions on one of the Twelve Universal Rays includes, Archangel Chamael, Archangel Gabriel, Archangel Jophiel, Archangel Michael, Archangel Raphael, Archangel Urriel (Urimiel), and Archangel Zadkiel. Dozens of other Archangels have now joined them, providing supportive assistance. 

Divine Plan patterning for each of the Twelve Universal Rays, which are washing the earth and its inhabitants with many hues of divine radiance at this time, includes one overall office with at many positions for both Archangels and Hierarchs. 

In order to maximize the grounding and manifestation of the Universal Ray energetic templates, the members form a cohesively interactive group that shares both the powers and the responsibilities for that Universal Ray in an evenhanded and equitable manner. 

Each of the Archangels who serves on one of the Twelve Universal Rays has a very distinctive soul-note or spiritual personality that reflects not only their current evolutionary status, but also their personal functional aspirations for the Universal Ray they work on and the modalities they use such as their primary stones, birds, trees, flowers, and essential oils. 

The words that describe and delineate the Archangels of the Universal Rays and their Sacred Sites were carefully chosen by each of them so that they would act as ignition keys, opening windows of understanding in those who read them. 

The symbolic tonal qualities of the position titles for each of the Twelve Universal Rays was carefully chosen to indicate the full import of the outworking of the Divine Plan for this local universe via the inherent interrelationship between name and form. 

Archangel Chamael, for example, brings powerful transmutation, fiery patterning, and vigorous visualization to the Ninth Ray of Divine Protection. He strengthens and imbues pursuers of transcendent metamorphosis with hopeful tenacity, as they continue, step by step, from potent penetrating vision to authoritative fulfilling actualization. 

The primary intentional goal of the Archangels of the Twelve Universal Rays is for these commendable "Archangel Caliber" functional responsibilities, modalities, and qualities to be regularly and routinely exhibited by humanity in daily life throughout the Natural Landscape... 

Friday, January 29, 2021

Responsibilitly of the Elders of the Pagan Path

This is a great and powerful time for the Earth and Nature based beliefs. Whether you call yourself Wiccan, Pagan, Witch, Shaman or Neo-something, we are seeing a greater return and flowing toward these beliefs than at any other time in history. Thousands of people both young and old reach out to us seeking answers, searching for the truth and fellowship with others of like mind. Without exception, these people are hearing the voices of our ancestors and they are listening to the gentle voice of the Lord and Lady which echo's in their soul. For those of us who have traveled this path for a time, this is the beginning of a new era and one which requires a change in our thought processes. I will speak to this in greater detail later.

My experience from talking with others has shown, that while many of us are out of the proverbial "Broom Closet," when talking with close friends who share our beliefs, we quite often play our cards close to the vest when dealing with others outside our close circle of friends. In many cases, this is still a necessity because of family or work considerations, however it carries over into our dealings with other followers of our community with whom we have not become comfortable. With the dawn of this new era, we must shed these apprehensions to move forward and embrace those just becoming enlightened to the voices of our ancestors.

Hopefully, those of you who have walked this path for a time, can remember how confused and unsure you were when beginning you journey. Like myself, there is a possibility that you wrestled with the emotional conflicts between what you had always been led to believe by the unaware, and what your heart was telling you. You probably also were unsure where to start reading and learning even though there were only a hand full of books or so to choose from.

Today it is just as confusing to the new seekers of truth and information if not more so. They still struggle with the same emotional conflicts as we did, yet there are several hundred books to choose from and relatively few of us willing to step far enough away from the shadows to offer advice and guidance in making the right choices. It is an intimidating situation for them to say the least.

This is the area where I want to nudge your comfort zones and present a concept which you may not have thought about.

Earlier, I said that those of us who have followed this path must change our thought processes. In considering this, we must come to understand that the beginning followers of the Earth and Nature beliefs we see today are the new generation. These are the people who are coming forward to learn, understand, embrace and dispel the centuries of superstition and misconception which surround our beliefs. Therefore, we must move forward to embrace the next generation. We must move forward to assume the role of mentors and guides.

If we ever hope to achieve understanding and acceptance of our beliefs to build unity within our scattered communities, WE MUST shoulder the responsibility of ensuring THAT future becomes a reality. We simply cannot sit idle and hope those who follow will understand the true meaning of our ways without adequate guidance.

As with any rite or ritual, we know from experience that the realization of our intent and will is totally dependent upon the energy we pour into that working. We must then understand that that ensuring a positive future for our ways is no different. We will get back exactly what energy we put into the Cauldron of the future.

We are the Elders of the Wiccan, Pagan and Witchcraft community, and we are the future Wise One's of the past. If we do not teach our traditions, values, morals and ethics of the old ways, who will?

I receive many request each and every month of new ones seeking information. Each and every one represents our future reaching a hand out to us, the Elders, the Wise One's of these paths for guidance and answers. They are willing to understand, accept and follow this path, if we will only take the time to truthfully answer their questions and guide them from our wisdom and experience.

Understand this clearly my friends. They are the future, our legacy, the ones who are reaching out to change the centuries of myth, superstition and misconception which we and those before us have sought for so long.

So as you surf the Internet or encounter one who is new to our ways, embrace them with love and make the connection with their spirit. I urge you to not pass them by, but to reach out and take that hand if even only momentarily to answer a question or offer reassurance. Let the love of the Lord and Lady fill your spirit and move a few steps further away from the shadows. Assume your place as one of the teachers of Strength, Honor, Harmony and Balance. Come forward to help bring the Lady's children home to the warmth and security of her bosom.

I charge you to step from the shadows and take your place within the Circle to escort the dawn of a new day for our beliefs.